Human Rights

40 Days for Life swings into action

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And the more people involved, the better.

In 2007, 40 Days for Life was formed to help gather the pro-life community together to seek the end of abortions. Five years later, here are some of the results:

  • 1,894 individual campaigns have taken place in 440 cities
  • More than 525,000 have joined together in an historic display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion
  • More than 15,000 church congregations have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • Reports document 5,928 lives that have been spared from abortion — and those are just the ones we know about
  • 69 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry
  • 24 abortion facilities completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • Hundreds of women and men have been spared from the tragic effects of abortion, including a lifetime of regrets
  • More than 2,100 news stories have been featured in newspapers, magazines, radio shows and TV programs from coast to coast…and overseas
  • Many people with past abortion experiences have stepped forward to begin post-abortion healing and recovery

I don’t know about you, but I get excited when I think of almost 6,000 babies saved to date as a result of this endeavor!

Photo credit: kton25 on Flickr

When the campaign was started, the leadership was aiming to reach women contemplating abortions, but they were pleasantly surprised by the impact on abortion workers. According to Shawn Carney, the campaign director, “[w]hen we launched 40 Days for Life, this is one statistic we wouldn’t have predicted. We hoped that mothers would choose life and that abortion facilities would close. The abortion workers were another story. They are the ones who, on paper, are supposed to be our enemies, and yet the difference has been that the prayer and the peacefulness of our campaigns really wears on the workers.”

40 Days for life has locations all over the United States and even some in foreign countries. What started with 1,000 volunteers in Texas and a few churches has grown into an international campaign!

Want to learn more about what 40 Days for Life is all about? Visit their website to see how you can become involved.

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